Harry to meet Walk of Britain team

Published: Wednesday 18th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Afghanistan veteran Prince Harry will today meet five wounded service personnel who will take part in a 1,000-mile trek around Britain later this year.

The Walk of Britain is designed to raise awareness of the work of the charity Walking with the Wounded, which supports injured members of the armed forces back into independence through employment.

Harry will hear about the experiences of the people who are taking part and will also deliver a short speech at the launch, at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge, central London.

The event comes shortly after it was confirmed that Harry will end his military service in June after a four-week secondment to the Australian Defence Force in April and May.

Harry has said his experience in the Army will stay with him for the rest of his life and he considers himself “incredibly lucky” to have had the chance to carry out challenging roles.

In the autumn, the prince will volunteer with the Ministry of Defence’s Recovery Capability Programme supporting the rehabilitation of wounded, injured or sick service personnel where he has worked previously, while he considers what to do next.

During his 10-year full-time military career, he went on two tours of duty to Afghanistan and qualified as an Apache Aircraft Commander.

His decision to leave the Army was a surprise to many as the prince is a passionate member of the forces who had always dreamed of being a career soldier even as a young boy.

Those taking part in the walk will engage with local communities every day to highlight the determination of wounded personnel and raise awareness of the work the charity is doing in the community to support them.

The five will be joined by other wounded personnel each week in different parts of the country.

The walk will start on August 22 in Scotland and finish in London on October 31.

Harry has supported the charity since it was formed, taking part in a trek to the North Pole in 2011 and South Pole in 2013. He was also patron of its Everest expedition in 2012.

Published: Wednesday 18th March 2015 by The News Editor

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